AfroSolo Arts Festival in the Gardens
More than a musician or a performer, Idris Ackamoor is a conjurer who transforms any space he inhabits into a protean state where the past manifests and the future reveals itself. A saxophonist, composer, percussionist, actor, tap dancer, producer, and director, he’s the guiding spirit of the San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey and the founder and artistic director of the storied jazz and world music ensemble Idris Ackamoor ☥ The Pyramids. A protégé of legendary Chicago clarinetist Clifford King, who got his start in the 1920s playing with New Orleans jazz patriarchs Jelly Roll Morton and Freddie Keppard, Ackamoor is a pioneering Afro-futurist whose music summons the ancestors and from near and far. A griot with his own stories to tell, he’s an ideal artist to relaunch the AfroSolo Arts Festival.